Sulforaphane rescues ethanol-suppressed angiogenesis through oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress in chick embryos

Guang Wang, Jia-hui Nie, Yongping Bao, Xuesong Yang

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Our previous study showed that ethanol exposure inhibited embryonic angiogenesis mainly due to the excessive stimulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. In this study, we investigated whether sulforaphane (SFN), a known dietary bioactive compound, could ameliorate ethanol-suppressed angiogenesis using chick embryo angiogenesis models. Using chick yolk sac membrane (YSM) and chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) models, we demonstrated that administration of low concentrations of SFN (2.5–10 μM) alone increased angiogenesis, but high concentrations of SFN (20–40 μM) inhibited angiogenesis. SFN administration alleviated ethanol-suppressed angiogenesis and angiogenesis-related gene expression in both angiogenesis models. Ethanol exposure caused cell apoptosis in chick CAM, and the cell apoptosis could be remitted by administration of SFN. Subsequently, we demonstrated that the ethanol-induced increase in production of ROS and reduction of antioxidant enzymes’ activity were partially rescued by SFN. Similar results were obtained in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress determination, indicated by ATF6 and GRP78 expression or thapsigargin-induced ER stress in the presence or absence of SFN. Taken together, our experiments show that SFN administration can ameliorate ethanol-suppressed embryonic angiogenesis, and this is mainly achieved by alleviating excessive ROS production and ER stress. This study suggests that SFN, in appropriate concentrations, could be a potential candidate compound for preventing the negative impact of alcohol on angiogenesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9522–9533
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number36
Early online date20 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2018


  • Sulforaphane
  • ethanol
  • embryonic angiogenesis
  • chick CAM/YSM
  • oxidative stress
  • ER stress

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